Murder probe for British teenager found dead in Goa

February 25th, 2008 - 6:04 pm ICT by admin  

London, Feb 25 (IANS) The family of a teenage British girl, whose semi-naked body was found in Goa’s popular Anjuna beach last week, fear she may have been murdered. The body of 15-year-old Scarlett Keeling was found semi-naked, with just a bikini top around her neck Feb 18. Her bikini bottoms, shorts and shoes were discovered by her mother on a busy path two days later, the Daily Telegraph reported Monday.

Although local police are waiting for the results of the post-mortem examination, Nerlon Albuquerque, an Anjuna police inspector, told the paper Keeling’s mother was afraid she might have been murdered.

There were no suspicious marks on the body, but “the victim’s mother approached us with the suspicion of murder and we are probing from all the angles,” he said, adding that until now police had assumed she had drowned.

Keeling, from Devon in southern England, was on a six-month holiday with six siblings, her mother and her mother’s boyfriend. They had been in India since Nov 20.

Dakini Runningbear, a friend of the Keeling family, said: “The police say there is nothing to suggest rape or murder. But a doctor who examined her body told us he suspected foul play.

“Several people have been killed there this season.”

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